Viewers with Freeview Play constructed into their Sensible TVs ought to see a significant replace rolling out within the coming weeks. Based on the group behind Freeview, the brand new interface, which will likely be accessible on any Sensible TVs powered by the Android TV software program, is designed to make it simpler for viewers to discover “the complete vary of content material accessible and uncover new favourites”.
Among the best additions to the Android TV homescreen is the brand new Uncover tab. This brings collectively recommendations of recent reveals and flicks primarily based in your viewing historical past alongside what’s trending on Google. In different phrases, if you happen to’re caught for one thing to look at, head to the Uncover tab.
With the most recent replace, boxsets and movies accessible from Freeview Play with now populate the Uncover tab.
Freeview Play lately hit a brand new milestone with over 30,000 hours of on-demand content material from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, UKTV Play, CBS Catchup Channels UK, Horror Bites, STV Participant, POP Participant and BBC Sounds. A few of these boxsets will seem within the Uncover tab over time primarily based in your tastes, however all will likely be accessible from the Search characteristic.
And since that is Android TV, you’ll be capable to join your Sensible TV to any Google Nest good audio system in your house. Meaning you’ll be capable to use voice instructions to the Google Assistant to pause playback on-screen or rewind if you happen to missed a element. Some Android TV-powered units embody microphones, so you should use the “OK, Google” voice instructions with out the necessity for a Google Nest or Android smartphone close by.
Freeview Play is included on Android TVs from Philips, Sharp, TCL, Toshiba, Humax, and extra.
Following the replace, which is rolling out now, viewers may have entry to the next options with Freeview Play on Android TV –
On Now: Freeview Play viewers can simply entry the dwell TV information, by way of a brand new tile on the ‘On Now’ row. The ‘On Now’ row has additionally been up to date to present clearer programme info for each bit of content material, to make it easier for viewers to see what’s on at a look.
On-Demand: To make it easier for viewers to discover the complete vary of on-demand Freeview Play content material, content material rows on the brand new UI have been up to date with new participant tiles, linking viewers straight to the participant they’re excited about.
Simon Hunt, Director of Technique and Enterprise Growth, for Freeview Play, advised Categorical.co.uk: “It’s so essential that British viewers can simply discover the content material they love, whether or not it’s catching up on Line of Obligation, or bingeing the Friday Night time Dinner field set. Working intently with Android TV, now we have been ready to make sure that the client journey continues to ship for UK viewers, and ensures Android TV stays aggressive within the British market.”
Ed Corn, Head of Android TV Partnerships, EMEA at Android TV commented “Folks in Britain cherish a useful and good TV expertise. We’re glad that by means of our work with Freeview Play extra UK viewers will revenue from an up to date Android TV expertise that makes it simple for them to seek out and watch their favorite reveals.”